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The Nevill’s Chapel Cemetery is a public cemetery that has been in existence since the mid 1800s.  It lies approximately 2.5 miles north of Mt. Pleasant in the community and adjacent to the Baptist Church bearing  the name, Nevill’s Chapel.  The name derives from the one of the original families who’s patriarch, Alexander Nevill, was the surveyor for a large part of Northeast Texas.  The Nevill’s Chapel school was once directly across the road from the cemetery.  Nevill’s Chapel cemetery had its beginnings as a family cemetery for the Nevills family until 1906 when Mrs. Mary Nevill gave a deed for one acre for burial purposes to the deacons of the Nevill’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  .  Since that grant, L. A. Cochran, M. O. (Oscar) Combs, and others have given deeds to increase the acreage of the cemetery.

The cemetery has been awarded an Official Texas Historical Marker.  The inscription states: “The Alexander B. Nevill family came from Tennessee to settle in Titus County in 1838, establishing their family burial ground on one acre west of their new home in the Alexander Nevill headright survey.  The earliest burial on this site was that of Napoleon B. Neville, who died in 1854 at age 20.  Alexander Nevill (1804-1854) had the earliest birth date of those interred here.  Another grave of interest is that of James C. “Sam” Rowland, a Nevill son-in-law, one of the few men officially hanged in Titus County.  Mrs. Mary Neville deeded the family plot to the deacons of the adjoining Missionary Baptist Church in 1906.  In 1913 the first Decoration Day took place as families gathered to tend their plots and share a celebration of Spring.  The cemetery grew steadily throughout the 20th century.  By 1997, A count revealed 1,113 graves.  Of these, 1071 had legible headstones; 42 had unidentifiable markers.  Those interred here were primarily families of the Nevill’s Chapel community.  They include veterans of the American Armed Forces of American and International conflicts.  Now covering six acres and cared for by a cemetery association, the Nevill’s Chapel Cemetery continues to serve the community, and such traditions as an annual Dedication Day continue to be observed.”

From the Titus County court house take Jefferson Street (Business US 271) north 1.4 miles to the intersection of Jefferson and Burton (access road of I-30).  Turn right (East) onto Burton and continue 0.5 miles to the intersection of Burton and FM 1402 (Harts Bluff Road).  Turn left (North) on FM 1402 and proceed 1 mile to the intersection of County Road 3210 (NE 8).  The cemetery lies about 0.2 miles on the left.

Cemetery Board:
Carolyn Circles       Jerry W. Smith
Darrell Cooper Inez Horton Stroman
Weldon Miller Neumon Surratt
Lester Poag Millie Miner Willadsen

Many grave sites are unmarked and many have stones, old funeral home markers (fhm), granite slabs and concrete blocks.  There is one concrete block with a fhm, 10 fhm, 2 granite markers that read “Infant”, 49 granite slabs, 2 petrified rocks, granite slab with an unreadable fhm, 10 concrete blocks, 8 concrete manufactured markers with the inscription gone, 6 rocks, and a marker with the initials “O. H. M.”.

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